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Razer Tiamat 7.1 surround gaming headset preview

This gaming headset is equipped with five speakers on each side, which is supposed to create the best surround sound experience according to Razer. We've previously tested the 5.1 surround Sirus headset with eight speakers from CM Storm, but the Tiamat is the first one we're testing with 7.1 support. Let's find out if it can live up to its promise.

The Razer Tiamat can only be connected via the four analog connectors, but it does have a control panel for individually adjusting the volume for each channel. It also has a USB connector for powering the illuminated logo and the buttons on the control panel. The headset comes in black with dark grey tones. It doesn't have a click mechanism for adjusting the size of the headband, it will automatically adjust to your head. A similar mechanism is used on the AKG GHS-1 and Steelseries Siberia headsets.

The retractable mic is attached to the left earpad. It comes out vertically, after which you flip it horizontally in order to get it in place. The front can slide out and can be slightly bent. The sides of the earpads are transparent so you can see the speakers inside. There's also a black version without the transparent parts.

The control panel on the Razer Tiamat 7.1 headset has a large dial for adjusting the volume of each channel. Above it is a selector for the following channels: side, center, front, main volume, mic volume, sub and rear. The fact that you can adjust the volume of the mic is fairly unique, you don't see it that often, with the exception of the Thrustmaster Y250-C headset. Below the large dial there are three buttons for dampening the mic, disabling the surround sound and sending the audio to a surround speaker set. For the latter an extension cable is included. You connect the control panel via USB to power it. It does not have a built-in sound card. You can read the rest of Razer Tiamat 7.1 surround gaming headset preview on